The United States - A place where immigrants chase hope in a new land. As an American born citizen I hold certain rights by being born here. Although I am conflicted over the historical mistreatment of human beings by people and policy in my home country, it is still my home. With that I also hold the responsibility of giving voice to what I believe is right.
Witnessing the recent news reports of the detention of families at the border is a disgrace to what we say we are as a country. It feels as if politicians are using these families as pawns and Americans are on either side watching them split apart.
Back in 2015, I created a fictional graphic novel titled They Call Me Esperanza about a Dreamer traveling to the United States. Researching the immigration debate made my heart bleed and burn. Even though it was just a story, I felt compelled to say my piece. Subsequently, I was able to meet lawyers and community workers doing the work on a grassroots level - every day. Check out a snipit of the story here: https://sellfy.com/p/RU2c/
America has seen the destruction of families in it's not so recent past. This morning it made me ask, what are the generational repercussions of this policy? What will it do to the families, particularly the children, who are caught up in the decisions of adults on every level? When will the tossing of blame stop and shift towards genuine regard for human life? Forty-fifth said "Not on my watch"....well I say, #NotOnOurWatch.
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